Modern Foreign Languages
The languages currently taught within the curriculum are French and Spanish. All pupils study either French or Spanish in Year 7 and 8 and the majority of our students continue their language study to GCSE.
In addition to their core foreign language, pupils with a home language are also given the opportunity to take a GCSE in this language (if available). This had to lead to a number of excellent GCSE results in languages including Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.
The two elements that shape our curriculum are communication and cultural awareness. In every MFL lesson, students use all four skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking, to communicate effectively in the target language.
Our KS3 curriculum provides students with an overview of Spanish and French-speaking countries. In Year 7, students study various topics under the overarching theme of ‘My life in Spain/France’ and in Year 8, students complete ‘A journey through South America/la Francophonie’. In these two years, students learn about art, festivals, music, dance, food, literature and many other cultural aspects. At the same time, students follow a knowledge-rich curriculum and learn high level, authentic language, which they learn how to use in various contexts to ensure they have a deep grammatical understanding of the language.
In Year 9, our students begin the KS4 GCSE curriculum, which has three main themes: Identity and Culture, Local, national and international areas of interest and current and future study and employment. Students build on the knowledge they learnt in KS3 to develop their understanding and confidence in the language.
Students have access to a number of online subscriptions as well as workbooks, which both support their independent learning and continue to engage them in the subject.
There are a wealth of high quality resources available on the internet for pupils studying languages.
Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities.
Beyond the academic curriculum, all students have the opportunity to attend a Spanish culture club on a weekly basis. In Year 11, students have access to French 1:1 conversation lessons to improve their speaking and listening skills. Other opportunities include links with Spanish and French speaking schools as well as an annual trip to Paris.
Study Mojo (Y11 French access only with logins)